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By , May 6, 2009

In the past, most pressure cooker disasters could usually be attributed to user error. Instant Pot was carefully designed to eliminate and avoid most of the potential problems. UL Logo Safety Features Instant Pot is made by the No.1 electric pressure cooker manufacturer with over 10 million units already in household use worldwide. Instant Pot products are certified by UL/ULC providing unprecedented peace of mind in safety.

Instant Pot's pressure sensor mechanism

InstantPot’s pressure sensor mechanism

The stove-top pressure cookers use the weight of pressure regulator on the lid to limit the cooking pressure. Instant Pot’s patented pressure senor technology regulates the pressure in the inner pot in a much more precise and automatic fashion.  When pressure builds up in the inner pot, the Flat Flexible Board (see diagram on right) shifts downwards to trigger the pressure sensor.   Conversely, when the pressure is lightened, the  Flat Flexible Board moves upwards and again triggers the pressure sensor.

Pressure control mechanism in the base

Pressure control mechanism in the base

The pressure sensor controls the power of the heating element to maintain the pressure within a preset range. The photo of the actual pressure sensor is shown on the left.

This technology revolutionized the safety of pressure cooking. Apart from this unique innovation,  Instant Pot has 10 level of safety protections.

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1. Lid Close Detection

If the lid is missing or not closed properly, Instant Pot will not activate pressurized cooking.  Only the keep-warm and sauté (in applicable models only) functions work with the lid being open.

2. Leaky Lid Protection

In the case that the cooker lid has leakage (e.g. the steam release not closed properly, the sealing ring being missing), the cooker will not reach preset pressure level.  Allowing this to continue would risk burning the food. Instant Pot detects this by measuring the pre-heating time. If the pre-heating is unusually long, the programming will be switched to Keep-warm to avoid burning the food.

3. Lid Lock under Pressure

If the cooker is still pressurize, the lid will be locked to prevent accidental opening.

Anti-blockage shield prevents jamming of the steam release

Anti-jam shield prevents jamming of the steam release

4. Anti-blockage Vent

During cooking, food particles could jam the steam release vent. Instant Pot has specially structured vent shield (see picture on right) to prevent jamming the steam release.

Temperature sensor under the inner pot

Thermostat under the inner pot

5. Automatic Temperature Control

The thermostat under the inner pot regulates the temperature of the inner pot to be within a safe range, based on the type of food being cooked.

6. High Temperature Warning

If the cooker is operating without water or moisture, pressure will not be built up in the pot. Over heating become the most likely outcome. Excessive temperature may also build up due to situations such as,  missing inner pot, inner pot not in proper contact with heating element,  or inner pot having heat dissipation problem (e.g. burnt starch at the bottom of the inner pot blocking heat dissipation). Under such conditions, Instant Pot will stop heating when the temperature is over a certain limit.

7. Extreme Temperature & Power Protection

Instant Pot is equipped with a special fuse which disconnects power  at excessively high temperature, i.e. 169°C ~ 172°C or 336°F ~ 341.6°F, and extremely high electrical current. A extremely high electrical current drawn by the cooker indicates an unsafe situation.

8. Automatic Pressure Control

The patented pressure sensor mechanism (shown in diagram at the top) keeps the operating pressure between 70kPa-80kPa, or 10.12psi ~ 11.6 psi.

9. Pressure Regulator Protection

If the pressure exceeds 105kPa (15.23 psi), the steam release (comparable to the pressure regulator in stove-top pressure cookers) will be pushed up to allow the steam being released to bring down the pressure inside the pot.

Over-pressure leaking mechanism between the cover and inner pot

Over-pressure leaking mechanism between the lid and inner pot

10. Excess Pressure Protection

If the pressure becomes too high and  pressure regulator protection malfunctioned, Instant Pot’s internal protection mechanism will activate, shifting the inner pot downwards to create a gap between the lid and the inner pot. Steam will be released from the gap into the internal chamber and heating stopped.

Specifications and Manuals

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By , February 9, 2012

Instant Pot product specifications, manuals and cookbooks:

Feature comparison between IP-LUX and IP-DUO.  The highlighted features are unique in IP-DUO series.

Features

IP-LUX-50/60 (Version 2)

IP-DUO-50/60/80 (Version 2)

Industrial Design InstantPot IP LUX 173x180 Specifications and Manuals InstantPot IP DUO 180x180 Specifications and Manuals
Microprocessor Controlled Programs Yes Yes
Memorize previous settings, Turning on/off Sound, Turning on/off Auto-KeepWarm Yes Yes
Sensors Thermometer, pressure sensor, lid position sensor Thermometer, double pressure sensor, lid position sensor
Pressure Cooking Single pressure settings: High 10.2 ~ 11.6psi (70 ~ 80kPa). Up to 240 minutes. Dual pressure settings: High 10.2 ~ 11.6psi (70 ~ 80kPa); Low 5.8 ~7.2 psi (40 ~ 50kpa). Up to 240 minutes.
Slow Cooker 0.5 ~ 20 hours, at 3 temperature settings.

  • Normal mode: 90~96°C/194~205°F (Medium in a common slow cooker)
  • More mode: 93~99°C/199~210°F (High in a common slow cooker)
  • Less mode: 88-94°C/190~201°F (Low in a common slow cooker)
0.5 ~ 20 hours, at 3 temperature settings.

  • Normal mode: 90~96°C/194~205°F (Medium in a common slow cooker)
  • More mode: 93~99°C/199~210°F (High in a common slow cooker)
  • Less mode: 88-94°C/190~201°F (Low in a common slow cooker)
Sauté 30 minutes at 3 temperature settings 30 minutes at 3 temperature settings
Automatic Keep-warm Yes, upto 10 hours Yes, upto 10 hours
Keep-warm Pre-set to upto 10 hours. 63 ~ 78°C (145 ~ 172°F); Programmable to 99 hours 50 minutes, 63 ~ 78°C (145 ~ 172°F);
Yogurt N/A Yogurt: up to 99 hours 30 minutes at 36 ~ 43°C (96.8 ~ 109.4°F); Jiu Niang (fermented glutinous rice): 30 ~ 34°C (86 ~ 93.2°F); Pasteurizing milk: 71~83°C (160~180°F).
Built-in Smart Programs 10 14 including all IP-LUX programs
Delayed Cooking Up to 24 hours Up to 24 hours
10 Safety Mechanisms Yes Yes
LED Display 4 digits 4 digits, ~30% larger than IP-LUX
3-ply Bottom Stainless Steel Cooking Pot 18/8 Food Grade 304 stainless steel inner pot 18/8 Food Grade 304 stainless steel inner pot
Lid Fin Holders on Base No Yes
Condensation Collector & Cord Rack No Yes
Anti-block Shield Single shield on steam release vent Double shield on float valve and steam release vent
Capacity and Heating Element Power IP-LUX60: 6qt inner pot and 1000W heating element
IP-LUX50: 5qt inner pot and 900W heating element
IP-DUO80: 8qt inner pot and 1200W heating elementIP-DUO60: 6qt inner pot and 1000W heating element
IP-DUO50: 5qt inner pot and 900W heating element

Recipes around the Internet

By , August 27, 2015

There are hundreds of recipes created specifically for Instant Pot on the Internet.  Here is a collection of some of the most popular ones:

Michelle Tam, author of the best selling book “Nom Nom Paleo: food for humans”. Michelle’s recipes for Paleo diet using Instant Pot:

Laura Pazzaglia, author of “Hip Pressure Cooking: Fast, Fresh, and Flavorful”

MaoMaoMom Kitchen: Instant Pot recipes for Chinese cuisines

Amy & Jacky at PressureCookRecipes.com

Other places to find Instant Pot recipes, by diet type:

General:

Paleo:

Plant-Based:

Cooking Videos:

Instant Pot Ready Cookbooks:

Please let us know about your favorites! And if you have any recipes of your own and want to share them with others, just email them to us at Instant Pot/share your recipe

And to join in the lively and informative conversation taking place around the world, around the clock, be sure to visit the Instant Pot® Community Facebook group!

Happy Pressure Cooking!!

Please note: We cannot guarantee that user suggestions, or links to blogger recipes will always meet all food safety guidelines, so please always use common sense, follow all safety recommendations in the User Manual, and consult the USDA or your local agency’s food safety guidelines when trying new techniques.

Announcing the General Availability of the World’s First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot Smart

By , November 24, 2014

Instant Pot SmartIf you live a fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style, Instant Pot is designed specifically for you.

Instant Pot Smart is a revolutionary Smartcooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It is Bluetooth® enabled allowing programming and monitoring from smartphones or tablets. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.

Convenience, Simple as Pressing a Button

Instant Pot Smart is a multi-functional fully-programmable Smartcooker combining the benefits of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté pan, Yogurt Maker, Food

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Warmer and more. It is built with our patent-pending technology which lets you program complex cooking steps in recipe scripts on your smartphone/tablet and execute on the cooker wirelessly. A free iOS app (Android app to be available soon) can be downloaded from iTune App Store.  This capability allows the cooker’s functionalities to be expanded after purchase by upgrading apps, and the recipe scripts can be shared with friends.  Your favorite dishes are within the reach of pressing a button. Green peas, sweet corn and baby carrots can be steamed in 2 to 3 minutes, fresh or frozen. To make mashed potato, don’t boil potatoes in water for 50 minutes leaching nutrients into the water; steam them in Instant Pot for just 15 minutes. An entrée of chilli or Irish stew can be done within an hour, without you watching over it. Want to try the Japanese Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring egg)? There’s recipe script in the free app.  You can also write a recipe script to turn Instant Pot Smart into a hot pot cooker.

IP Smart control panel final 21 225x300 Announcing the General Availability of the Worlds First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot SmartTailored for varying tastes and food conditions, the programs come with 3 adjustable modes. Special features include 3 temperatures in Sauté for browning, simmering or thickening, and 3 temperatures in Slow Cook to complete the tasks of a common slow cooker. Most traditional, modern and international recipes can be easily adapted for Instant Pot.

A 24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking. Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food until you are ready to serve. It works as a perfect porridge maker allowing you wake up with a fresh made porridge.

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Instant Pot generates almost no noise, leaks no steam, traps food aromas, and cooks without heating up the surroundings. The durable 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot eliminates the health concerns of non-stick coating. The slim body offers a smaller foot print and right and left lid holders are convenient for all. The brushed stainless steel exterior is finger print resistant. Its elegant and durable industrial design makes it easy to clean and pleasurable to use for the years to come.

Dependable Consistent Results

Instant Pot Smart series uses the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor. During the cooking process, the microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. Even the volume of food is also taken into consideration. The cooking programs have been lab-tested hundreds of times for optimal effect. These greatly improve cooking results and maintain consistency.

Safety without Compromise

Instant Pot is carefully designed to eliminate many common errors from causing harm or spoiling food. It has passed the stringent UL & ULC certification giving you uncompromised safety and peace of mind.  Instant Pot protects you with 10 proven safety mechanisms and patented technologies.

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  1. Safety Lid Lock prevents accidental opening while the cooker is pressurized
  2. Pressure Regulator ensures working pressure to be under the safety limit of 15.23psi (105kpa)
  3. Smart detection of leaky lid (e.g. steam release is at open position)
  4. Anti-blockage Vent design prevents food debris from blocking the vent
  5. Using a magnetic sensor, Lid Position Detection monitors whether the lid is in an unsafe zone for pressure cooking.
  6. Automatic Pressure Controller keeps pressure always in the safe range
  7. Excess Pressure Protection releases excess pressure into internal chamber in a dangerous situation
  8. Automatic Temperature Control regulates temperature based on the type of program being selected
  9. High Temperature monitoring avoids burning food
  10. Electrical current and temperature fuse cuts off power if the current or internal temperature exceeds safety limits

Instant Pot Smart will be available on Amazon.com and Instant Pot store in Dec. 2014 and in UK and EU later in 2015.

Features

  • Bluetooth® Smart compliant (Bluetooth® 4.0) to connect to smartphones/tablets, providing easy to use interfaces to control and monitor cooking progress in graphics. The cooker’s functionalities can be upgraded and expanded after purchase.  Cooking procedures can be written in recipe script and shared with friends.
  • Free iOS app with built-in recipes. Android app is to be available shortly.
  • Multi-Functional Programmable Cooker: Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt  Maker & Warmer
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms, UL and ULC certified
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking: Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • Yogurt Maker function can heat the milk for pasteurization and fermentation, making yogurt in either jars or the cooking pot for up to 5L of milk.
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté temperatures, 3 Slow Cook temperatures and 3 Keep-warm temperatures.
  • Slow Cooker function allows selecting time between 0.5 ~ 20 hours
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24 hours
  • Manual pressure setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Automatic keep-warm: up to 10 hours
  • Manual keep-warm setting: Up to 99 hours and 50 minutes
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy
  • 3-ply bottom Food Grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel cooking pot for durabilityassessories ip smart1 300x174 Announcing the General Availability of the Worlds First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot Smart
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Low profile 18/8 stainless steel steam rack with handles to lower and lift food into and out of the cooking pot, for maximal usable space
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack with handles, silicone mini mitts, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup
  • User Manual and Quick Reference Guide in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, Pressure Cooking booklet and cooking time tables are included
  • Instant Pot Smart has a 6 Qt cooking pot and a 1000W heating element.

Instant Pot is a registered trademark of Double Insight Inc. in US, Canada, UK and pending in EU and China.

Instant Pot Smart Product Introduction (PDF format)

Instant Pot Smart Series Specifications

By , November 24, 2014


Features

  • Bluetooth® Smart compliant (Bluetooth® 4.0) to connect to smartphones/tablets, providing easy to use interfaces to control and monitor cooking progress in graphics. The cooker’s functionalities can be upgraded and expanded after purchase.  Cooking procedures can be written in recipe script and shared with friends.
  • Free iOS app with built-in recipes. Android app is to be available shortly.
  • Multi-Functional Programmable Cooker: Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt  Maker & Warmer
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms, UL and ULC certified
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking: Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • Yogurt Maker function can heat the milk for pasteurization and fermentation, making yogurt in either jars or the cooking pot for up to 5L of milk.
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté temperatures, 3 Slow Cook temperatures and 3 Keep-warm temperatures.
  • Slow Cooker function allows selecting time between 0.5 ~ 20 hours
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24 hours
  • Manual pressure setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Automatic keep-warm: up to 10 hours
  • Manual keep-warm setting: Up to 99 hours and 50 minutes
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy
  • 3-ply bottom Food Grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel cooking pot for durability
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Low profile 18/8 stainless steel steam rack with handles to lower and lift food into and out of the cooking pot, for maximal usable space
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack with handles, silicone mini mitts, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup
  • User Manual and Quick Reference Guide in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, Pressure Cooking booklet and cooking time tables are included
  • Instant Pot Smart has a 6 Qt cooking pot and a 1000W heating element.


Instant Pot Smart series User Manual, Quick Reference Guide, Cookbook and cooking time-table are as follows.

Instant Pot IP-DUO Series Specifications

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By , December 5, 2013

Instant Pot IP-DUO60/DUO50/DUO80 Features

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker: Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker/Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt  Maker & Warmer
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms, UL and ULC certified
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking: Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • Yogurt Maker function can heat the milk for pasteurization and fermentation, making yogurt in either jars or the cooking pot for up to 5L of milk.
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté temperatures and 3 Slow Cook temperatures
  • Slow Cooker function allows selecting time between 0.5 ~ 20 hours
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24 hours
  • Manual pressure setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Automatic keep-warm: up to 10 hours
  • Manual keep-warm setting: Up to 99 hours and 50 minutes
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy
  • 3-ply bottom Food Grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel cooking pot for durability
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Low profile 18/8 stainless steel steam rack with handles to lower and lift food into and out of the cooking pot, for maximal usable space
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack with handles, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup
  • User Manual and Quick Reference Guide in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, Pressure Cooking booklet and cooking time tables are included
  • IP-DUO series come with two models: IP-DUO60 has a 6qt cooking pot and a 1000W heating element; IP-DUO50 has a 5qt cooking pot and a 900W heating element

Instant Pot IP-DUO60/DUO50 Specifications

  • Working pressure: High 10.2 ~ 11.6psi (70 ~ 80kPa); Low 5.8 ~7.2 psi (40 ~ 50kpa)
  • Steam release pressure limit: 15.22psi (105kPa)
  • Working temperature: 115°C ~ 118°C (239°F ~ 244°F) at high pressure setting; 110°C ~ 112°C (229 ~ 233°F) at low pressure setting.
  • “Keep warm” function: up to 99 hours 50 minutes, 63 ~ 78°C (145 ~ 172°F);
  • “Slow Cook” function: 0.5 ~ 20 hours, at 88 ~ 99°C (190 ~ 210°F)
  • “Sauté” function: “Normal” mode: 160 ~ 176°C (320 ~ 349°F); “More” mode: 175 ~ 210°C (347 ~   410°F); “Less” mode: 135 ~ 150°C (275 ~ 302°F).
  • “Yogurt” function: up to 99 hours 30 minutes. “Normal” mode for making yogurt: 36 ~ 43°C (96.8 ~ 109.4°F); “Less” mode for making Jiu Niang (fermented glutinous rice): 30 ~ 34°C (86 ~ 93.2°F); “More” for pasteurizing milk: 71~83°C (160~180°F).
Model PowerSupply RatedPower Volume Caliber of Inner Pot (HeightxDiameter) Weight Dimension
IP-DUO50 120V~ 60Hz 900W 5Qt 14×22 cm 5.5×8.66 inch 5.3kg (11.68lb) 33x31x30 cm13x12.2×11.8 inch(LxWxH)
IP-DUO60 120V~ 60Hz 1000W 6Qt 16×22 cm 6.3×8.66 inch 6.61kg (14.57lb) 33x31x32 cm 13×12.2×12.6 inch
IP-DUO80 120V~ 60Hz 1200W 8Qt 17.5×24 cm 6.89×9.45 inch 8.62kg (19lb) 37.6×33.8×36 cm 14.8×13.3×14.2 inch
Accessories Rice paddle, Soup spoon, Measuring cup, Steam rack, Condensation water collector, User manual and Recipe booklet.

 

Instant Pot IP-DUO series User Manual, Quick Reference Guide, Cookbook and cooking time-table are as follows.

Instant Pot IP-LUX Series Specifications

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By , November 23, 2013

Instant Pot IP-LUX60/LUX50 Features

  • Completely redesigned user interface providing the most convenience and easy of use.
  • 3-Ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot for durability
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • UL and ULC certified
  • 6-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker (Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice cooker, Steamer, Sauté & Warmer)
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms
  • 10 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Meat/Stew, Soup, Sauté, Poultry, Bean/Chili, Congee, Steam, Multigrain, Rice and Slow Cook
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté and 3 Slow Cook temperatures.
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24-Hour
  • Automatic Keep-warm
  • Manual setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Reduced cooking time by up to 70%
  • Healthy cooking with better tastes, Consistent results every time
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy.
  • Instructions, Recipe and Cooking time table in English, French, Spanish and Chinese
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup.
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

 

Product specifications: IP-LUX60

  • Manufacturer: Instant Pot Company
  • Manufacture Part Number: IP-LUX60
  • SKU: 8 39724 00862 3
  • Model: IP-LUX60
  • Capacity: 6L/6.33 Qt
  • Power rating: 1000W,
  • Voltage: 110v/60Hz
  • Operating pressure: 10.15~11.6 psi (70-80 kPa)
  • Steam release pressure limit: 15.22 psi (105 kPa)
  • Pressure cooking operating temperature: 115°C~118°C (239~244°F)
  • “Keep warm” function: 62~80°C (145-176°F)
  • “Slow Cook” function: 2~10 hours, at 88-99°C (190-210°F)
  • “Sauté” function: Normal mode: 160~176°C or 320~349°F; More mode: 175~210°C or 347~410°F; Less mode: 135~150°C or 275~302°F)
  • Product size: 33x31x32 (LxWxH cm)
  • Inner pot size: 16x22x24 (Height x Inner rim diameter x outer rim diameter cm)
  • Gross weight: 6.61kg
  • Package size: 33.3×33.3×38 (LxWxH cm), 7.4kg

 

Product specifications: IP-LUX50

  • Manufacturer: Instant Pot Company
  • Manufacture Part Number: IP-LUX50
  • SKU: 8 39724 00851 7
  • Model: IP-LUX50
  • Capacity: 5L/5.28 Qt
  • Power rating: 900W,
  • Voltage: 110v/60Hz
  • Operating pressure: 10.15~11.6 psi (70-80 kPa)
  • Steam release pressure limit: 15.22 psi (105 kPa)
  • Pressure cooking operating temperature: 115°C~118°C (239~244°F)
  • “Keep warm” function: 62~80°C (145-176°F)
  • “Slow Cook” function: 2~10 hours, at 88-99°C (190-210°F)
  • “Sauté” function: Normal mode: 160~176°C or 320~349°F; More mode: 175~210°C or 347~410°F; Less mode: 135~150°C or 275~302°F)
  • Product size: 33x31x30 (LxWxH cm)
  • Inner pot size: 14x22x24 (Height x Inner rim diameter x outer rim diameter cm)
  • Gross weight: 5.3kg
  • Package size: 33.3×33.3×36 (LxWxH cm), 6.5kg

Instant Pot model IP-LUX60/50 brochures can be found as follows.

Instant Pot model IP-LUX60/50 operational manual, recipes and cooking time-table are as follows.

Revision 3 (Oct. 2016)

Revision 2 (Nov. 2013)

Revision 1 (Before Nov. 2013)

Specifications and manuals of the 5-in-1 Instant Pot IP-CSG60/50 can be found here.

Which Electric Pressure Cooker Operates at 15psi?

By , May 29, 2013

InstantPot steam release 2 267x300 Which Electric Pressure Cooker Operates at 15psi?Because most pressure cooker recipes are designed for 15psi pressure cookers. Many users are looking for 15psi electric pressure cooker.  We are asked whether Instant Pot operates at 15psi.

To answer this question, we need to clarify a concept here.  The max working pressure of a pressure cooker is the pressure which pushes up the safety device (i.e. steam release, pressure valve or by some other names) and the cooker starts letting out steams to reduce pressure. The max working pressure of stove-top pressure cookers ranges from 12psi to 21.7psi. For the high-end stove-top models, it is typically in the 16~21.7psi range. This is specified in product document and also commonly marked at the bottom of the steam release.

Instant Pot has a max working pressure of 15.23psi (105kpa). This is marked on the steam release handle, see the image on the top.  One of the design objectives of Instant Pot is not to let out steam and make noise during its operation.  So normal working pressure has to be below 15.23psi.  Instant Pot’s working pressure is in the range of 10.15~11.6 psi. If you have small amount of food/liquid in the cooker, Instant Pot may touch 15.23psi momentarily due to the heat conduction delay.

When a stove-top pressure cooker reaches its max working pressure  and starts whistling out steams, you’d turn down the heating to stop the whistling.  In such a condition, your stove-top pressure cooker may be operating at a pressure level similar to Instant Pot. You only cook the food at the max working pressure when it’s whistling continuously.

So,

  • Does Instant Pot have the same 15 psi max working pressure as common stove-top pressure cookers? Yes! It’s 15.23psi.
  • Does Instant Pot cook your food constantly at 15psi? No, it’s in the range of 10.15~11.6 psi.
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Illustration of Instant Pot working pressure curve

You can see the working pressure chart on the right. Most electric pressure cookers available on the market work like this, but may not have the same max and working pressure range.

If your recipe specifies cooking at 15psi, you can adapted to Instant Pot by increasing the cooking time by 7~15%.

Note: the max working pressure is not an indicator of the max safety pressure that the cooker can withstand. If a cooker is certified with UL or equivalent, it should withstand 5 times the working pressure without leaking.

Many electric pressure cooker has a max working pressure of 13.05psi (90kpa).  You can find this out by looking at the bottom of its steam release.  A properly certified and manufactured cooker always has such rating on the parts.

 

Help Videos

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By , March 20, 2013

We have organized the help videos into two groups:

  • How-To videos, and
  • Overview/In-depth Look videos.

Instant Pot IP-DUO Quick Start Video with Laura Pazzaglia

This video explains the basics of Instant Pot IP-DUO series and helps you to become friends with your Instant Pot.



Getting to Know Your New Instant Pot IP-DUO

This video covers the essential aspects of the new Instant Pot IP-DUO series.


How to Use Instant Pot as a Pressure Cooker

This video offers a comprehensive review of how to use Instant Pot as a pressure cooker. Pressure cooking with Instant Pot is simply picking the right function based on the type of food and setting an appropriate cooking time. We cover the following functions: “Soup”, “Poultry” “Mean/Stew”, “Bean/Chili”, “Rice”, “Multigrain”, “Congee” and “Manual”.


How to Use Instant Pot as a Slow Cooker

This is a walkthrough of steps using your Instant Pot as a slow cooker. The IP-LUX series has 3 temperature setting corresponding to the Low, Medium and High in a common slow cooker. Our older IP-CSG series has only one temperature setting, corresponding to the Medium temperature in a slow cooker.


How to Use Instant Pot Sauté Function

This video shows you how to use the Sauté function on Instant Pot IP-LUX series. Our older IP-CSG series don’t have this function. The Sauté has three temperature settings, selected by the “Adjust” button.

  • Normal mode: 160~176°C or 320~349°F;
  • More mode: 175~210°C or 347~410°F;
  • Less mode: 135~150°C or 275~302°F)


How to use Instant Pot as a Pressure Steamer

Pressure steaming is fast and preserves the nutrients as well as the color of food. For vegetable and sea food, we recommend using quick release to avoid over-cooking food.


Instant Pot Overview

In this video you will learn about all the different aspects and features of your Instant Pot (both IP-LUX and IP-CSG series). It covers the basic use and maintenance of your Instant Pot for trouble free and enjoyable pressure cooking.

You are also encouraged to watch the three more in-depth videos about Steam Release Handle, Float Valve and Sealing Ring.


An In-depth Look at Instant Pot Steam Release Handle

This video explains the use and maintenance of the Steam Release Handle on Instant Pot IP-LUX and IP-CSG series. The Steam Release Handle is a safety device to ensure the pressure in the cooker being under the safety limit of 15.22psi at all time.

Before every cooking session, please make sure the steam release handle is free from any food debris.


An In-depth Look at Instant Pot Float Valve

This video explains the use and maintenance of the float valve on Instant Pot IP-LUX and IP-CSG series. The float valve is a safety feature to lock the lid when there’s pressure in the cooker.

Before every cooking session, please make sure the float valve is clean and can move up and down smoothly.


An In-depth Look at Instant Pot Sealing Ring

This video explains the use and maintenance of the Sealing Ring on Instant Pot IP-LUX and IP-CSG series. The Sealing Ring is a device to seal the gap between the lid and the inner pot under pressure.

Before every cooking session, please make sure the sealing ring is properly positioned to avoid steam leakage during pressure cooking.


An In-depth Look at Leaking Steam

This video helps you to find out why your Instant Pot sometimes leaks steam. When Instant Pot is pressurizing at the beginning, there is small amount of steam coming out of the float valve, until the float valve pops up and seals the cooker. This is perfectly normal. There are other situations of steam leaking due to mis-positioning of sealing ring, sticky float valve and unclean steam release handle. Please watch the video to find out how to fix those issues by yourself.


Questions After Your Purchase

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By , March 20, 2013

 This question and answer section has been designed with color coded keywords to help you find the subject you are looking for quickly and easily.

Where can I get more recipes designed for Instant Pot?

There are many recipes on the internet created for Instant Pot specifically. Here are several sources for yummy recipes:

Recipes and Resources for your Instant Pot

Happy Pressure Cooking!!

What do I do if I have a question or if there’s something wrong with my Instant Pot and I want to make a warranty claim?

If there’s something wrong with your Instant Pot, want to make a warranty claim or simply have a question, please click on the “Support” link at the top of this page and start a “Ticket”.  Make sure to describe the problem in as much detail as possible and include your purchase order number and an image of your receipt.

We strive to respond to all tickets within 24 hours excluding weekends and Canadian holidays.

Our warranty service is for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Even if your Instant Pot is out of warranty, please feel free to contact us. We’ll still try our best to resolve the issue for you.

For more details on the warranty you can go to http://instantpot.com/support/warranty-information/

How do you call this part on the lid?

Instant Pot IP-CSG IP-LUX lidPlease refer to the image for the terminology that we use to describe the parts on the lid.

Is it normal for the steam release handle to be so loose?

Absolutely!  Otherwise it could not function properly. Please see the next question for further explanation.

Why does the steam release handle leak steam?

Instant Pot’s steam release handle is a safety device.  Just like conventional pressure cookers, the steam release handle works simply by weight pressing on the steam release pipe.  Since the contact between the steam release handle and the pipe is not fully sealed, traceable steam may sometimes be seen during normal working conditions.

Instant Pot’s steam release handle has a pressure rating of 105kpa or 15.22psi.  The steam release handle keeps the working pressure always under the specified pressure rating.

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Illustration of Instant Pot working pressure curve

Instant Pot’s pressure sensor is at the bottom under the heating element.  The pressure sensor works by measuring the force pressing down on it, including the weight of food.  When there’s small amount of food (under the 2 mark on the inner pot), the pressure sensor is slower at turning off the heat.  Because of that, the momentum of the heat can push the pressure over the specified pressure rating, which causes a small amount of leaking from the steam release handle.  Once the heating momentum is over, the pressure will be kept at the working pressure well under the 105kpa (15.22psi), and only minimal steam will come out of the steam release handle.  This is still perfectly safe.  Please see the illustration of Instant Pot working pressure diagram to understand the pressure changes over a cooking cycle.

Normally, if the food is over the “3” mark in the inner pot, there’s only minor traceable amounts of steam coming out of the steam release handle.

Why is there steam coming out of the float valve during the start up procedure?

When you first start your IP-LUX model pressure cooker it is normal to see “On” in the display until the cooker gets to the proper temperature and pressure. Before the working pressure is reached you should see steam come out of the float valve for maybe 40 -70 seconds and then it will stop once the float valve seals itself. Soon the timer countdown will start on the display. There should be very little steam leakage after the countdown begins.

You may also expect to wait 10 to 20 minutes once it is finished cooking to let the pressure go down, however if you’re in a hurry you can use the steam release handle to let the steam out so you can open the cooker faster. Please note, this is not recommended if you’re cooking food with high starch content, e.g. porridge, which may cause spillage.

How does Instant Pot depressurize when it has finished cooking without releasing the steam? And, how long does this process take?

Instant Pot depressurizes by dissipating heat from the cover (specifically the metal parts). Depending on the volume of liquid in the cooking pot, it takes 8~25 minutes to depressurize naturally. The more liquid content, the longer it takes. You can also place a towel soaked with cold water on the metal part of the lid to cool the cooker down.  This is referred as Natural Release in pressure cooking recipes.

Quick release is to turn the steam release handle manually to “Venting” position to let out steam for fast cooling. Quick release takes 60~90 seconds to depressurize. Please note, quick release is not recommended if you’re cooking food with high starch content, e.g. porridge. This may cause food to spill out from the steam release handle.

Why does the stainless steel inner pot have rainbow like stain after wash?

The discoloration on stainless steel cooking pot is called “rainbowing” which can be caused by exposure to high heat, cooking starchy food (e.g. rice, pasta) or even detergent staining after hand or machine wash.  This is common in all stainless steel cookware.  It’s normal and harmless.  To clean the rainbow discoloration, please follow the instructions on eHow. More cleaning suggestions from the British Stainless Steel Association.

Using IP-DUO cord rack

Using Instant Pot IP-DUO cord rack.

How to use the cord rack on IP-DUO?

IP-DUO comes with a cord rack and a silicone cord tie to help organizing the power cord. The power cord can be tied up with the silicone cord tie and place on the cord rack, see image on right.

How do I use the “Sauté” feature of my Instant Pot?

Our older CSG models do not have the ability to do this. However, the new Instant Pot IP-LUX series has a build-in browning function called “Sauté”.  It can be used to brown meat before cooking or thickening sauces after cooking.  You can choose from three settings such as low, medium and high by pressing on the “Adjust” button. When using the “Sauté ” function, the lid needs to remain in the “open” position.

When the meat has reached the desired browning effect, simply click on the “Cancel” key to turn OFF your Instant Pot and then pick the desired setting to continue cooking your meal.

Our glass lid may be used with the “Sauté ” feature and is available at https://instantpot.com/store/home.php

How do you convert 15psi based recipes to Instant Pot?

Instant Pot operates at 11.6psi. How fast food cooks depends on the temperature of cooking. The cooking temperature of 15psi pressure cookers is 121ºC (250ºF), whereas the operating temperature of a 11.6psi Instant Pot is 117°C (242°F).  This is a difference of 3.4%.  We find that in most cases, recipes for 15psi pressure cookers can be adapted to Instant Pot by increasing the cooking time by 7~15%.

Why is there occasional clicking sound when using my Instant Pot?

The clicking/cracking sounds in the Instant Pot come from the following possible sources.

  1. Water or moisture at the bottom of the inner pot.
  2. Instant Pot power switch turning on and off during operation.
  3. Frictions between the lid and the housing created by expansion and contraction due to changing internal pressure and temperature.
  4. The flat flexible pressure board under the heating element bending under pressure (the board is designed to last over 100,000 uses).
  5. Food such as dry beans popping open during cooking.

In the case of number 1, please wipe the inner pot dry before placing it into the housing. Regarding other cases, please rest assured that there is no safety or functional concerns. Your Instant Pot is working properly.

Does Instant Pot burn food?

The short answer is No, not likely. Most Instant Pot cooking functions, (e.g. Soup, Congee, Rice, Meat, Poultry, Bean/Chili and Slow Cook) have temperature monitoring to avoid burning food.  This mechanism is called “burn-protection”. When a high temperature (140C or 284F) is detected at the bottom of the inner pot, the burn-protection mechanism suspends heating to avoid burning food. On Instant Pot IP-DUO series, a warning message “ovHt” is flashed on the display.

This “burn-protection” mechanism works very well, except if the food has very high starch content. For example, if you add flour in your chili recipe, the flour sinks to the bottom, solidifies at low temperatures and can block heat dissipation. In this particular case, we suggest you add flour to the chili after initial cooking and perhaps cooking it for another one to five to allow thickening of the chili.

Because the “Saute” function operates at a much higher temperature than other settings we do not recommend operating unattended, just like you wouldn’t leave a pan on the stove unattended.

Can I do canning with Instant Pot?

There are two types of canning: boiling-water canning at 100°C/212°F (for acid fruits, tomatoes, pickles and jellied products) and pressure canning at 115~121°C/240~250°F (for low acid vegetables, meat and poultry). Please refer to “USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” for more details.

Instant Pot can be used for boiling-water canning. However, Instant Pot has not been tested for food safety in pressure canning by USDA.  Due to the fact that programs in Instant Pot IP-CSG, IP-LUX and IP-DUO series are regulated by a pressure sensor instead of a  thermometer, the elevation of your location may affect the actual cooking temperature.  For now, we wouldn’t recommend using Instant Pot for pressure canning purpose. Please note this correction to our early inaccurate information.

Why is there water on the groove of the cooker housing top?

It’s normal to have some condensation of water in the groove on the top of the cooker housing, especially during the cooling down period.  This is common in all electric pressure cooker and the groove is designed to prevent water dripping down to the table.

If you have excessive amount of water in the groove, there are two possibilities:

  1. The sealing ring is not placed properly.
  2. The sealing ring is deformed.

Please inspect your seal ring to see if it’s deformed. If so, You’ll need to replace the sealing ring.

After cooking, I notice the lid sucks and lifts up the inner pot.  What should I do the avoid that?

After cooking and cooling down, the air condenses inside the Instant Pot and creates a bit vacuum between the lid and the inner pot.  To break the vacuum, please turn the steam release handle to “Venting” to let in air.

The sealing ring is loose when I open the lid. Is this a problem?

The sealing ring is made of durable silicon compound. It can function well in regular for 2 or 3 years. The sealing ring expands at high temperature which seals the gap between the lid and the inner pot.  When the lid is opened after cooking, the sealing ring is noticeably loose. However after it cools down or washed, it’ll fit snugly again. However, the silicone compound is porous and may absorb smells and become discolored.  You may change the sealing ring 6 ~ 12 month to avoid the discoloration and smell.

How do I remove the food smell from the sealing ring?

The Instant Pot sealing ring is made from silicone rubber, which is more durable than natural rubber based products.  Silicone may pick up food scents during cooking. While many people are not troubled by this characteristic of silicone and do not find that flavors transfer, some people are more sensitive to it.

To remove the smell, you can “steam clean” your Instant Pot by adding 2 cups of water or white vinegar and some cut-up lemon rind, and running the “Steam” program for 2 minutes with the sealing ring in place, then allow the sealing ring to air dry. Alternatively, you may remove the sealing ring, and put it into your dishwasher.  High temperature and strong detergent will usually remove most smells; however certain highly acidic foods may leave a residue. Some people have had success first soaking the silicone ring overnight in either white vinegar, or lemon juice, or bleach, or tomato juice, and then running it through the dishwasher.  Others have found that storing the ring in a plastic bag with ground coffee or baking soda is effective, and finally some have found that using “Hunting Odor Eliminator” from a sporting goods store is effective.

Many people like to have one sealing ring for highly scented/spicy foods and one for mild/sweet foods with fewer odors. It is recommended to always have a second sealing ring on-hand for other reasons as well, like a spare tire, as no pressure cooking can be done should the sealing ring fail. You can purchase additional sealing rings at https://instantpot.com/store/home.php.

How do I clean the Instant Pot lid?

If you allow Instant Pot to cool naturally, the lid is normally rather clean, with condensation water only. You don’t need to unscrew anything to wash it, just simply wipe dry with a dry cloth.

If you use quick release (letting steam out from steam release handle) or cooking sticky foods, you may need to unscrew the anti-block shield (not the whole steam release assembly) for cleaning. After cleaning, simply hand tighten the anti-block shield back on. You may also want to pull the steam release handle out and the sealing ring for cleaning.

Please always inspect the float valve to make sure it can move up and down easily without obstruction. You can remove the float valve by taking out the small silicone rubber ring for cleaning.

Why does Instant Pot control panel look cloudy?

There is a thin protective film on the control panel which is to be peeled off during first use. When you peel the thin film off, the panel will becomes shinny and clear.

How do I know when I should replace the inner pot or the sealing ring?

The Instant Pot inner pot is made from solid stainless steel with fused-on 3-ply bottom. We don’t expect any defect to be developed with the inner pot over its life time under normal use.

The sealing ring is made from silicone rubber, which is more durable than rubber.  It should work 2~3` years under normal condition.  If you notice cracks, leaking or deformation of the sealing ring, you should replace it. You can find replacement sealing rings in our store.

How do I cook pasta?

Please refer to the most detailed instructions about cooking pasta on eHow.

How does the Delayed Cooking work?  Why does cooking starts right away if I set the timer to 2 hours?

Instant Pot IP-CSG and revision 1 IP-LUX  timer based delayed cooking shows the ready-to-eat time. That is, if you set the delay timer to 8 hours at 9am, the food will be ready at 5pm, 8 hours later.  The revision 2 of IP-LUX and IP-DUO changed this to delayed starting time.

Since pressure cookers cannot be opened immediately after cooking is done, the delayed cooking takes into account the time needed to depressurize. Furthermore, the length of pre-heating time depends on the volume of food and temperature of the liquid and food. Because of these, delayed cooking has to start early and finish before the specified time.  If the program completes earlier than the specified time, automatic keep-warm function kicks in and maintains the food ready to serve.

Due to these design considerations, if you set the timer to 2 hours, some cooking program, such as “Multigrain” function, may start right away.  During delayed cooking, the starting time depends on specific cooking functions.

How long will the Instant Pot keep the food warm ?

After cooking, Instant Pot automatically starts the keep-warm function and lasts for up to 10 hours.

How does the “Slow Cook” function work?

The Slow Cook function on Instant Pot IP-CSG series emulates other slow cookers. It can be set to cook for 1~10 hours. The operating temperature is at 88-93°C (190-200°F). You need to set the steam release handle to the “venting” position during slow cook.  If not, a low pressure could build up in the pot.

The IP-LUX and IP-DUO series have more sophisticated temperature control, which you can choose “Less”, “Normal” and “More” with the “Adjust” button.  These correspond to the Low, Medium and High in common slow cookers. The operating temperature is at 88-99°C (190-210°F),  and it can be set to cook for 1~10 hours. You need to set the steam release handle to the “venting” position during slow cook.

Is Instant Pot dishwasher safe?

The inner pot, steam rack, spoon & spatula that come with your Instant Pot are dishwasher safe. The lid will not be cleaned well with dishwasher, because there are loose units (e.g. the steam release handle) and deep gaps (e.g. the gasket/sealing ring). It is recommended to hand-wash the lid.

The housing has electronic components and should never be immerse in water. Doing so will damage Instant Pot permanently. The housing can only be wiped clean.

Where can I get another copy of the manual and time tables booklet?

All manuals in 4 languages can be found and downloaded at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

Time tables can be downloaded on that same page above or you can click on the link called “Cooking Time” at the top of this page.

 

 

 

Questions Before Buying Your Instant Pot

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By , March 20, 2013

This question and answer section has been designed with color coded keywords to help you find the subject you are looking for quickly and easily.

How do I order from Instant Pot store with a coupon?

Instant Pot-How to enter coupon code in shopping cartAfter selecting items from Instant Pot store, you can enter your coupon referring to the image on the right. You can pay the purchase with all major credit card or Paypal.

Where is the best place for me to buy my Instant Pot?

There are many different sales channels on the internet and some retail locations offering a wide range of offers and price ranges.  Please perform due diligence when shopping for your Instant Pot as we can not be responsible for price or offer fluctuations.

What is the difference between your IP-LUX50/IP-DUO50 and IP-LUX60/IP-DUO60 models?

The only difference between these two models is the size. The IP-LUX50/IP-DUO50 has a 5Qt capacity and 900W heating element, and the IP-LUX60/IP-DUO60 has a 6 Qt capacity and 1000W heating element. The exterior size amounts to the IP-LUX60/IP-DUO60 being about 2cm (3/4 in) taller than the IP-LUX50/IP-DUO50.  Otherwise, there are no differences in features.

For more technical details on both models please go to: http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

How long is the warranty on your Instant Pot?

Our warranty service is for a period of up to one year from the date of purchase.  Our warranty period and procedures is exactly the same no matter where you purchase your Instant Pot. For more details on the warranty you can go to http://instantpot.com/support/warranty-information/

What can you tell me about the quality of the stainless steel inner pot?

Instant Pot’s inner pot is made from 18/8 stainless steel (food grade 304) compliant to FDA standards.  Instant Pot’s lid is also made from 18/8 stainless steel.

If someone offers you 18/10 stainless steel inner pot for lower than Instant Pot’s price, you should ask for a certificate or proof of the steel. There are also many electric pressure cookers which use grade 202, a new cheaper type stainless steel which is less rust resistant.

Our inner pots are designed to last as long as any other top quality stainless steel cooking pots, utensils and flatware.

For those who prefer a non-stick inner pot or would like to have a secondary non-stick inner pot, we now have them available at:  https://instantpot.com/store/home.php

How is Instant Pot’s cooking pot made ?

Instant Pot’s cooking pot is first made with a sheet of 18/8 food grade 304 stainless steel. Then an aluminum disc and an cover disc of stainless steel bottom are fused on.  The aluminum disc is not exposed to food or outside.  The fusing process leaves some soldering marks at the inside of the cooking pot.  These soldering marks are polished away to create a highly polished inner surface, making the cooking pot less sticky to food and easier to clean.  The cooking pot is then sprayed with mineral oil for better presentation.

There is no metal coating on the surface of the cooking pot.

In the user manual, we request users to clean the inner pot and the inside of the lid with warm soapy water thoroughly before first use.

Why doesn’t Instant Pot operate at 15psi?

The choice of a lower working pressure in Instant Pot is a trade-off of function and cost. The pressure cooker industry safety standard ANSI/UL-136 has a stress test case which requires no leaking at 5 times the working pressure. For 15psi cookers, this is 75psi; for 11.6psi Instant Pot, this is 58psi. The differences in material and construction are huge.  We could build an Instant Pot that operates at 15psi, but not at under $150 level. It would be more like $300~500 level and our research indicates that most people are not willing to buy in that price range.

On the other hand, operating at 10.15~11.6 psi only results in 7~15% increase in cooking time, i.e. about 3 more minutes in a 30 minute cooking. With the set-and-forget convenience, the extra cooking is more than tolerable.  Furthermore, thanks to the air-insulated housing, maintaining pressure for the extra time consumes very little electricity. Our study shows that Instant Pot uses less than half of electricity comparing with a stove-top on a electric range, taking the same length of time.

What’s are the dimensions of your Instant Pots?

All of the specifications you could possibly need can be found at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

What temperatures does Instant Pot operate at for different settings?

All of the specification you could possibly need can be found at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

Can I do canning with Instant Pot?

There are two types of canning: boiling-water canning at 100°C/212°F (for acid fruits, tomatoes, pickles and jellied products) and pressure canning at 115~121°C/240~250°F (for low acid vegetables, meat and poultry). Please refer to “USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” for more details.

Instant Pot can be used for boiling-water canning. However, Instant Pot has not been tested for food safety in pressure canning by USDA.  Due to the fact that programs in Instant Pot IP-CSG, IP-LUX and IP-DUO series are regulated by a pressure sensor instead of a  thermometer, the elevation of your location may affect the actual cooking temperature.  For now, we wouldn’t recommend using Instant Pot for pressure canning purpose. Please note this correction to our early inaccurate information.

Why does Instant Pot preserve the shape of food chunk pretty well?

This is due to the way the Instant Pot pressure cooking is done. As soon as the cooking pressure is reached inside the inner pot, the intelligent cooking programs of the Instant Pot reduce the heating temperature to only maintain the pressure and temperature. Inside the inner pot, the temperature hovers around the water boiling point under the pressure of about 11 PSI, at 115°C~118°C or 239°F~244°F. Therefore, there is no violent boiling activity to break down the food chunks, even though they are fully done. This is one of the reasons why the Instant Pot dishes keep the perfect food chunk shapes for better presentation.

In some situations, the user may want to have a more mushy consistency.  As the food is fully cooked, it can be easily broken down by stirring or pressing.

How does Instant Pot’s smart cooking program work? How is temperature and pressure controlled?

Please refer to our Smart Cooking Programs article.

Is there a way I can sauté/brown meat in the stainless steel cooking pot before I close it to pressure cook?

Our older CSG models do not have the ability to do this. However, the new Instant Pot IP-LUX series has a build-in browning function called “Sauté”.  It can be used to brown meat before cooking or thickening sauces after cooking.  You can choose from three settings such as low, medium and high by pressing on the “Adjust” button.

When using the “Sauté ” function, , do not use the lid at all as you do not want to build pressure for that setting. Our glass lid may be used with the “Sauté ” feature and is available at https://instantpot.com/store/home.php

How long will the Instant Pot keep the food warm ?

After cooking, Instant Pot automatically starts the keep-warm function and lasts for up to 10 hours.

How does the “Slow Cook” function work?

The Slow Cook function on Instant Pot IP-CSG series emulates other slow cookers. It can be set to cook for 1~10 hours. The operating temperature is at 88-93°C (190-200°F). You need to set the steam release handle to the “venting” position during slow cook.  If not, a low pressure could build up in the pot.

The IP-LUX series has more sophisticated temperature control, which you can choose “Less”, “Normal” and “More” with the “Adjust” button.  These correspond to the Low, Medium and High in common slow cookers. The operating temperature is at 88-99°C (190-210°F),  and it can be set to cook for 1~10 hours. You need to set the steam release handle to the “venting” position during slow cook.

How does Instant Pot control the pressure during the cooking phase without leaking steam?

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Illustration of Instant Pot working pressure curve

Instant Pot is equipped with a pressure sensor under the heating element. When the working pressure is reached, heating stops. When the pressure is lower than desired working pressure, heating restarts. This maintains pressure at a certain range, see attached diagram. This pressure is not strong enough to lift the steam release handle, therefore, there is no steam coming out during cooking.

Where is Instant Pot made?

Instant Pot is designed by Canadians specifically for North American consumers. It is made in China by the No.1 electric pressure cooker manufacturer who has produced and sold over 30 million units for household use worldwide.

Can I buy Instant Pot in the UK or Europe?

Yes, we also produce 220~240v Instant Pot models for sale in UK. If you live in EU countries, you can purchase from www.instantpot.co.uk or amazon.co.uk. Unfortunately Instant Pot is not yet available in Australia, Asia and other countries.

Can I use Instant Pot in a country with 220V electrical system?

The US/Canada version of Instant Pot models are designed to work only with 110~120v. It doesn’t work with 220v without a voltage converter. A few users have tried it and reported that the cooker works well, in UK, Italy, Australia and Malaysia with a proper voltage converter that is able to accommodate up to 1500 Watts.  We also produce 220~240v model for sale in UK.  Please see www.instantpot.co.uk or on amazon.co.uk.

Warranty Information

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Limited Warranty

Instant Pot Company (the “IPC”) warrants this appliance to be free from defects in workmanship and material, under normal residential use, for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase. This warranty extends only to the original purchaser and use in USA and Canada. A purchase receipt, purchase order number or other proof of date of original purchase is required before warranty service is performed. IPC’s obligation under this warranty is limited to replacing or repairing, or assisting in the repair at IPC’s option. All repairs for which warranty claims are made must be pre-authorized by IPC.

This appliance comes equipped with many safety features. Any attempt to interfere with their operation may result in serious injury/damages and void this warranty. No warranty service will be provided to any appliance that has been tampered with, unless directed by an IPC representative.

This warranty does not cover normal wear of parts or damage resulting from negligent use or misuse of the appliance, use contrary to the operating instructions, failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance, or disassembly, repair or alteration by anyone unless directed by an Instant Pot Representative. This warranty does not cover units that are used outside of US and Canada. Further, the warranty does not cover damage resulting from Acts of God, such as fire, flood, hurricanes and tornadoes. IPC is not responsible for shipping cost for warranty service.

Limitation and Exclusions

To the extent permitted by applicable law, the liability of IPC, if any, for any allegedly defective appliance or part shall be limited to repair or replacement of the appliance or part and shall not exceed the purchase price of a comparable replacement appliance or part. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS WARRANTY ARE YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT(S) COVERED BY THIS WARRANTY. ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE APPLIANCES(S) INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED.

IPC is not responsible or liable for indirect, special or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of the appliance or damages with respect to any economic loss, loss of property, loss of revenues or profits, loss of enjoyment or use, costs of removal, installation or other consequential damages of whatsoever nature. Some provinces/states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, the above limitation may not apply to you.

You the buyer may have other rights and remedies under your state’s or province’s applicable laws, which are in addition to any right or remedy which may be available under this limited warranty.

Warranty Service

If the appliance should become defective within the warranty period, please contact Instant Pot Customer Service team by

  • Create a support ticket at www.InstantPot.com/support/
  • Email to support@instantpot.com
  • Or call 1800 828-7280 for Instant Pot customer service representative

To facilitate speedy service, please provide:

  • Your name, email address or phone number
  • A copy of the original purchase receipt with order number, the model and serial number
  • Description of the product defect, pictures or video if possible.

Contact Information

Instant Pot
11 – 300 Earl Grey Dr. Suite 383
Ottawa, Ontario, K2T 1C1
Canada

Web Site: http://www.InstantPot.com/support
Email: support@InstantPot.com
Telephone: +1 800 828-7280
Fax: +1 613 800-0726

 

This warranty was last updated on Sept. 27th, 2013 for all products sold from Jan. 1st, 2014.  If your product comes with our older version of warranty (dated September 8th, 2010), your warranty will continue to be honored.

 

The Sautéing/Browning Function of IP-LUX60

By , February 25, 2012

Sautéing is a method of cooking food with a small amount of oil or fat at relatively high heat. Food that is sautéed is browned while preserving its texture, moisture and flavor.  A typical use of sautéing is to brown the meat before pressure cooking.

The new Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is equipped with an advanced sautéing/browning function key.  3 levels of temperature can be chosen with the “Adjust” key for best results.

  • “Normal”: ~160°C (320°F) for regular browning,
  • “More”: ~170°C (338°F) for darker browning,  and
  • “Less”: ~105°C (221°F) for light browning.

The “Sauté” function can also be used to thicken the sauce after pressure cooking, by adding starch or simply evaporating liquid. In fact, it can be used for anything related with a sauce pan, e.g warming a canned soup, reheating porridge, etc.

During sautéing, the lid needs to be opened at all time to avoid pressure building up.  If the lid is closed, the display will show a flashing “Lid”.

The procedure of using “Sauté”.

  • Press the “Sauté” function key.
  • Select a temperature with the “Adjust” key for “Normal”, “More” or “Less”.
  • Sauté Temperature ReachedWhen Instant Pot reaches the given working temperature, it displays “Hot” and you can start sautéing/browning meat.
  • One full “Sauté” session will run for 30 minutes. You can cancel it at any time by pressing the “Cancel/Keep Warm” key and continue with a pressure cooking function.

A brief video demo of Instant Pot IP-LUX60 for browning (sautéing) in action.

Three Generations of Electric Pressure Cookers

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Electric pressure cookers have evolved substantially since the first patent was filed on January 9th, 1991.  Based on the cooking control capability, we can classify electric pressure cookers into three generations.

1st Generation: Mechanical Timer

1st Generation Electric Pressure Cookers are Fitted with a Mechanical Timer

1st Generation Electric Pressure Cookers are Fitted with a Mechanical Timer

The 1st Generation electric pressure cookers already have the essential pressure and temperature sensors. Both sensors act as a threshold moderator.  When either the threshold of pressure or that of temperature is reached, the power to the heating element is cut. The only user-accessible control is via the mechanical cooking time controller.  This mechanical controller offers estimated control on cooking duration.  There is no delayed cooking capability.

Basic safety mechanisms, such as locking the lid under pressure and excess pressure protection, have been implemented in the 1st Generation cookers.

1st generation electric pressure cookers are seldom seen in North America.  However, in Asia, they are still very popular with cost-conscience consumers.

2nd Generation: Digital Controller

2nd Generation Electric Pressure Cookers Use Digital Controller

2nd Generation Electric Pressure Cookers Use Digital Controller

The 2nd Generation electric pressure cooker builds on top of the capability of the 1st generation with a digital controller.  Delayed cooking becomes possible.  Pressure sensor is also electronically connected to the controller, so that a count-down timer can be shown when working pressure is reached.

Safety is also improved with additional sensors.  Most notably, if the lid is not fully locked, pressure cooking would not start.  This avoids the potential risk of blowing up the lid under pressure cooking.

Many of the electric pressure cookers sold in the North America today are still 2nd generation.

3rd Generation: Smart Programming

3rd Generation Electric Pressure Cookers are Equipped with Smart Programming and Enhanced Safety

3rd Generation Electric Pressure Cookers are Equipped with Smart Programming and Enhanced Safety

With the advance in pressure and temperature sensor accuracy, the 3rd Generation electric pressure cookers implement sophisticate control with digital technology. Two most remarkable features are Smart Programming and Enhanced Safety. These features greatly improve cooking result, maintain consistence and enhance safety.

Each 3rd Generation cooker is fitted with a microprocessor.  With the accurate readings from pressure and temperature sensors, the microprocessor can be programmed to perform complex cooking tasks. The Smart Programs are tailor made for specific cooking purpose by varying heating intensity, temperature, pressure and cooking duration, to achieve optimized cooking result and maintain consistence.  A typical example is in multigrain cooking program where the grains are soaked at ~60C/86F for a period to soften the grains before cooking starts. Please see our Smart Programming article for more details.

With the microprocessor programs, more sophisticated safety mechanisms become possible. For instance, one common mistake is misplacing the stream release at the open position while starting cooking. With the steam release open, pressure never builds up in the cooking pot. Earlier generation cookers would continue heating.  If the situation is not corrected on time, all liquid in the cooking pot would evaporate and the food would be spoiled. The 3rd Generation cooker implements a mechanism called, Leaky Lid Protection, where the microprocessor detects the excess long pre-heating period and stops the heating with an alarm. More on the safety features here.

All Instant Pot models are 3rd Generation electric pressure cookers.

Privacy Policy

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By , June 3, 2009

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Electric Pressure Cooker vs. Conventional Pressure Cooker

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By , May 15, 2009

Both conventional and electric pressure cookers operate based on the pressure cooking principles. Two key differences set them apart.

  1. Programmable electronic control capability in the electric pressure cooker is completely missing in the conventional pressure cookers. It’s the programmable capability that allows the electric pressure cooker to be more convenient and produce the best and consistent cooking results.
  2. Heat source: Conventional pressure cookers use a separate heat source, e.g. a gas stove or an electric range. Electric pressure cookers come with an integrated heating unit inside. The advantage of an integrated heating element is to create a full feed-back system which controls the entire cooking cycle. This makes electric pressure cooker more convenient (no need to watch over it), pleasant (no loud hissing noise, no steam), safer and more energy efficient.

To determine which one is the right choice, you should look at your intended cooking tasks and the benefits.

Convenience

Instant Pot has 8 one-key operation buttons for the most common cooking tasks.  It is a 5-in-1 kitchen appliance. On top of these, delayed cooking allows you to plan the meal ahead of time.  There is no need to keep time and set alarm when pressure level is reached.

Fast cooking

There is no doubt that higher pressure cooks faster. Convention pressure cookers work at a range of pressure level, commonly at 15 psi (e.g. Fagor Duo) and also the complete range of 13psi (e.g. T-Fal Sensor 2), 12psi, 11psi, 10psi (e.g. T-Fal and WMF) and even 8psi (e.g. Lagostina Endura). Meanwhile Instant Pot operates between 10.15 and 11.6 psi. With the set-and-forget programmable cooking, the slight difference in cooking becomes irrelevant.

Energy efficiency

When comes to energy efficiency, Instant Pot is an undisputed winner. Instant Pot has a fully insulated housing, minimizing energy being dispersed without cooking the food. Its microprocessors controlled cooking cycles turns off heating automatically when the desired pressure is reached, and switches on heat when the pressure drops. Heating is only on ~60% of time.

Safety

Conventional pressure cooker typically come with two or three safety valves, with the only mechanism of releasing steams to reduce pressure. Instant Pot comes with 9 level safety protection, including safety valves, pressure control, temperature control and fool-proof operation detection. Experiences show that most pressure cooker disasters could usually be attributed to user error. Instant Pot was carefully designed to eliminate and avoid most of the potential problems.

Better cooking result

Most chef would agree that the difference between a 15psi cooker and a 11psi cookers is limited, i.e. 2~3 minutes of cooking time. However there’s a huge difference in the consistence of the cooking result. Thanks to its programmable cooking and micro-processor controlled precision, Instant Pot produces consistent tasty food 100% of time.

With these benefit comparison, it is very clear that Instant Pot is the clear undisputed winner.

How Electric Pressure Cookers Work

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An electric pressure cooker consists of three parts, the lid, inner pot and housing. See the diagram to the right. The most important things to know about electric pressure cookers  are the safety valves and smart control box.

How electric pressure cooker works

How electric pressure cooker works

The Inner Pot

The inner pot is a removable cooking pot. It is generally made from aluminum or stainless steel. The aluminum inner pots may be stamped and buffed or anodized, but this metal is unsuitable for the dishwasher. Higher quality stainless steel inner pot are made with sturdy, three-ply, or copper-clad bottom for uniformed heating.

The size of the inner pot determines the size of the housing, and to some degree the price of the cooker. The inner pot capacity typically ranges from 3 liter (3 quart) to 6 liter (6.3 qt).  Over 6L, it becomes difficult to maintain and the cooker becomes prohibitively expensive to some consumers.

The Lid Lock

The lid has a gasket or sealing ring. When the lid is played on the cooker in the sealed position, the lid and the inner pot form an air-tight chamber. The pressure inside this chamber increases when heat is applied to the inner pot. There would be an unsafe operating condition if the lid is not in the locked position when significant amount of pressure is generated inside the chamber. Some electric cookers have the pin lock mechanism to prevent the lid from being accidentally opened while there is significant amount of pressure inside. The pin is essentially a float valve. If there is enough pressure inside the inner pot, the float valve is pushed up by the pressure. Once pushed up, the pin of the float vale serves as latch lock and prevents the lid from the turning movement, even under force.

Instant Pot also extends such safety assurance with a safety power switch. If the lid is not in the desired fully close position, the electronic control system of Instant Pot can detect the situation and will not switch on the power for heating.

Safety Valves

Similar to the conventional pressure cooker, the pin of the float valve can be self-destroyed by excessive temperature or pressure. The float valve without the pin becomes a pressure escape hole, and the pressure inside the chamber is released this hole. Although in such a case the float valve is permanently damaged and possible a lid replacement may be required, this is an effective last line of defense from the safety perspective. The modern electric pressure cookers also use other safety assurance measures before this last line defense kicks in. Instant Pot employs the patented innovative push-down pressure release mechanism to release excessive pressure, even in the unlikely case where the pin of the float valve cannot destroyed. Instant Pot provides a multi-level in-depth defense system to offer unprecedented safety assurance to the consumers.

Normally, the only way the pressure can escape is through a pressure release regulator valve on the lid. The pressure release valve has anti-block shield insider the lid. The pressure release regulator valve is made not to release the pressure under normal operating pressure range when in the seal position. If the pressure increases beyond the safe operating range, the pressure release regular valve will be pushed up, similar to that on the conventional pressure cooker, to release excessive pressure built up inside the chamber. The difference from the conventional pressure cooker is that the pressure release valve only kicks in to release excessive pressure due to possible failure of electronic based sensing circuitry.

The Housing: Sensors, Heating Element & Control Box

Electric pressure cooker functional diagramThe housing unit contains a heating element, pressure and temperature sensors and a control box. The functional diagram of housing unit is shown on the right.

The control box is the heart of the intelligence of the electric pressure cooker. It monitors the temperature and pressure of inner pot with the sensors. It is equipped with a microprocessor to control the timing, heating and complex cooking cycles. This is how a positive feed-back system is formed to achieve precise cooking conditions. If an unsafe operating condition is detected, it will sound audible alarm or cut off the power supply to the heating element.

Pressure sensor controls heating

The control panel, being the user interface of the control box, allows one-key operation to activate pre-programmed cooking cycle for various dishes. For instance, corns, peas, cauliflower and broccoli can be steamed in 1 minute. Frozen corns, peas, cauliflower and broccoli will been done in 2 minutes. Dry beans and bones will take only 30~40 minutes.

Intelligent Pressure Cooking

Electric pressure cookers normally operates at a pressure range of 70-80 kPa (kilopascal) or 10.15~11.6 psi (pound-force per square inch). This translates to the temperature of 115°C~118°C or 239°F~244°F. Initially pressure may reach 105kPa/15.2 psi, due to the heat dissipation delay from the heating element. This is comparable to stove-top pressure cooker reaching 15 psi and then heat being turned down.

By switching on and off the heating element and varying the heat intensity at different temperature and pressure, the best cooking result can be achieved in an intelligent way. The following diagram shows the pressure curves of Instant Pot.

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Some electric pressure cooker, such as the Instant Pot, has intelligent cooking capabilities to achieve the best result, such as,

  • automatically altering the cooking time and pressure based on the chosen food type , i.e. rice, soup, meat, vegetable, etc.
  • adjusting cooking cycle based on the amount of food in the cooker, by measuring pre-heating duration.

Read about the three generation of electric pressure cooker.

Instant Pot IP-CSG Series Specifications

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By , May 6, 2009

Instant Pot model IP-CSG60 specification.

  • Manufacturer: Instant Pot Company
  • Manufacture Part Number: IP-CSG60
  • SKU: 8 39724 00669 8
  • Model: IP-CSG60
  • Capacity: 6L/6.33 Qt
  • Power rating: 1000W
  • Voltage: 110v/60Hz
  • Operating pressure: 10.15~11.6 psi (70-80 kPa)
  • Operating temperature: 115°C~118°C (239°F~244°F)
  • “Keep warm” function: upto 8 hours, at 62~74°C (145°F-165°F)
  • “Slow Cook” function: 1~10 hours, at 88-93°C (190-200°F)
  • Product size: 32 x 26 x 30 (LxWxH cm)
  • Inner cooker pot: Weight: 980 g (2.16 lbs); Size: 22 x 24 x 16 (Inner diameter x Outer diameter x Height  cm). Holds a bit over 10 cups of cooked rice
  • Gross weight: 6.61kg
  • Package size: 33 x 33 x 37 (LxWxH cm), 7.4kg

Instant Pot IP-CSG60 features.

  • External shell: Brushed stainless steel finish
  • Inner pot: 3-Ply stainless steel cooking pot
  • UL and cUL certified
  • 5-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker (Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer & warmer)
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms
  • Advanced Microprocessor Technology
  • 8 Built-in Programs: Meat/Stew, Soup, Bean/Chili, Congee, Steam, Multigrain, Rice and Slow Cook
  • 3 Adjustable Modes
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24-Hour
  • Automatic Keep-warm
  • Manual Setting: Up to 60 minute cook time
  • Included accessories: stainless steel steam rack, soup spoon, rice paddle, and measuring cup.
  • Instructions, Recipe and Cooking time table in English, French and Chinese
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

Instant Pot model IP-CSG60 brochures can be found as follows.

Instant Pot model IP-CSG60 operational manual, recipes and cooking time-table are as follows.

What is Electric Pressure Cooker

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By , May 5, 2009

History of Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooking is a method of cooking in a sealed vessel not permitting steam to escape below a preset pressure. Because the boiling point of water increases as the pressure increases, the pressure built up inside the cooker allows the liquid in the cooking pot to rise to a higher temperature before boiling.

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Denis Papin (1647 – 1712)

Pressure cooker was invented by Denis Papin, a French physicist, in 1679. However, it only became a house-hold cooking appliance during the World War II, when the people realized how much fuel they can save, due to the much shorter cooking time. Pressure cooking is often used to simulate the effects of long braising or simmering in shorter periods of time.

The Invention of Electric Pressure Cooker

Conventional pressure cookers were made to be used on stove top. A steam regulator, safety valve and pressure-activated interlock mechanism provide protection against the overheating and the danger of explosion. When a preset pressure is reached in the cooker, the steam regulator is pushed up by the built-up pressure to allow the steam to escape. This is the reason why the conventional oven top pressure cookers generate loud and disturbing hissing noise when the pressure is on.

Electric Pressure Cooker is an ingenious invention in the last decade. Historians are still undecided about inventors and the precision time. Arguably, a Chinese scientist, Mr. Yong-Guang Wang, filed the first electric pressure cooker patent on January 9th, 1991 (patent No. ZL91100026.7).  This patent is currently owned by the No. 1 electric pressure cooker manufacturer, Midea Group.

Instant Pot electric pressure cooker internal structure

Instant Pot electric pressure cooker internal structure

Electric Pressure Cooker consists of a pressure cooking container (a.k.a. inner pot or cooking pot), the electric heating element, and temperature / pressure sensors. The heating process is  controlled by the built-in micro-processor based on the readings of the pressure and temperature sensors. This whole process forms a so called “closed loop control system” in control engineering terms.  The principle is similar to that of the auto-cruise in most of the cars these days. The user puts all the ingredients in the cooking pot and sets the pressure cooking duration for the type of food to be cooked, the electric pressure cooker does the rest.

Over time, the leading electric pressure cookers learned from the experience and created different cooking profiles, such as simmering, steaming, braising, slow cooking, warming, rice cooking, stew, etc. by using different combination of cooking temperature, pressure and time duration. This leads to a new generation of electric pressure cookers, a.k.a. programmable multi-cookers.

Read about how electric pressure cooker works here.

Instant Pot

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Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.

If you live a fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style, Instant Pot is designed specifically for you.

With multiple sensors and a micro-processor,  Instant Pot is an intelligent multi-cooker, capable of completely replacing pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stockpot warmer. Most importantly, Instant Pot cooks meals faster with less energy while preserving more nutrients.

Instant Pot Smart: Bluetooth connected smartcookerInstant Pot is manufactured by the No.1 electric pressure cooker factory which has produced over 50 million units already in household use worldwide. The benefits of Instant Pot can be summarized in five aspects.

  1. Convenient:  12 turn-key function keys for the most common cooking tasks. Planning the meal with delayed cooking up to 24 hours,  reducing cooking time by up to 70%. Read about the convenience of electric pressure cooker …
  2. Cooking healthy, nutritious and tasty meals: smart programming for delicious healthy food, consistent every time.Read more on making healthy meals with electric pressure cooker …
  3. Clean & Pleasant: absolutely quiet, no steam, no smell, no spills, no excessive heat in the kitchen. 6-in-1 capability reduces clutter in the kitchen. Read more about why electric pressure cooker keeps your kitchen clean and pleasant …
  4. Energy efficient: saves up to 70% of energy. Find out how electric pressure cooker does it …
  5. Absolutely safe and dependable: Instant Pot is UL/ULC certified UL Logo Instant Pot and has 10 fool-proof safety protections. Read more about electric pressure safety protections …

Product Brochures

  • The brochure of our latest Bluetooth® enabled Instant Pot Smart series pdf logo Instant Pot .
  • The introduction brochure of the Instant Pot IP-DUO series pdf logo Instant Pot.
  • Comparisons between Instant Pot IP-DUO and IP-LUX are shown here.